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Libya fighters disrupt Gaddafi son’s election appeal

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A lawyer for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libya's late dictator, said armed men had prevented him lodging an appeal on Thursday against his...

Firefight at Libyan government building shows continued insecurity

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Clashes erupted at a government building in central Tripoli on Tuesday after a dispute over the leadership of a state institution, its head said,...

ISS: Libya’s promising transition stalls

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As December election plans falter, the country’s warmaker, General Khalifa Haftar, returns to haunt the peace process. The surge of hope inspired by the remarkable...

Libya to investigate discovery of bodies in Benghazi

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The prime minister of Libya’s new unity government said on Friday he had instructed the attorney general to open an investigation into the discovery...

Libya talks reach election breakthrough, UN says

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Political talks on Libya’s future have reached agreement on holding elections within 18 months, the United Nations acting Libya envoy said on Wednesday, hailing...

Libyan investigators find more mass graves in recaptured city

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Libyan authorities have dug 12 bodies from four more unmarked graves in the city of Tarhouna, adding to the scores of corpses already discovered...

Italy condemns detention of fishermen seized off eastern Libya

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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio accused Khalifa Haftar’s administration in eastern Libya of “unacceptable” behaviour on Thursday for detaining 18 sailors who were...

Libya’s NOC says output to rise as it seeks to revive...

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Libya’s National Oil Company said it expected oil production to rise to 260 000 barrels per day (bpd) next week, as the OPEC member...

UN warns of Libya arms build-up and virus surge

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The United Nations acting Libya envoy said on Wednesday that foreign supporters of both sides in the civil war were helping them stockpile weapons...

Blast hits Libyan capital, residents say

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A loud blast hit the Libyan capital Tripoli early on Tuesday, residents said, with the noise audible across much of the city and dark...

Sisi says Egypt will not stand idle to threat to Egyptian...

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Egypt will not stand idle in the face of any moves that pose a direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan national security, President Abdel-Fattah...

Libya’s LNA says blockade on oil will continue

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Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) said on Saturday it would maintain a blockade on oil production and exports that the National Oil Corp...

Eastern forces quit Libyan capital after year-long assault

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Libya’s internationally recognised government regained control of Tripoli on Thursday, driving eastern forces out of the capital after a year-long battle in which foreign...

Foreign powers in Libya risk ever bloodier stalemate

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As Turkish drones helped drive eastern Libyan forces back from Tripoli this month, Russia was said to be reinforcing them with warplanes, raising the...

Libya’s Haftar seeks to rouse forces against Turkey

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Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar called on his forces on Saturday to rally against Turkey, which has helped his Tripoli-based rivals turn the tide of...

Turkey warns against attacks on its presence in Libya

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Turkey warned on Thursday that attacks on its interests in Libya by Khalifa Haftar’s forces will have “very grave consequences”, after advances by the...

Libya frontline pullback puts eastern offensive in question

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The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar said it had pulled back from some Tripoli frontlines on Wednesday, calling into...

Libya’s Haftar committed to signing ceasefire – French presidency

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Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s eastern military commander, has told France’s president he will sign a ceasefire and stick to it if militias backed by the...

ISS: What would Khalifa Haftar’s Libya look like?

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War has raged in western Libya since 4 April 2019. On one side is the Government of National Accord (GNA), Libya’s main internationally recognised...

Libya PM Serraj will not sit down with rival Haftar to...

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Libya’s internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj said on Sunday he was not prepared to sit down with eastern commander Khalifa Haftar to negotiate...

Libya’s Haftar orders troops to fight harder during Ramadan

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Eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar urged his troops trying to take Tripoli to battle harder and teach their enemies an even bigger lesson,...

Qatar calls for arms embargo against Libya’s Haftar

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Qatar’s foreign minister has called for an effective arms embargo against eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and for his troops to withdraw from areas...

ISS: Resurrected Haftar scuttles UN and AU Libyan peace efforts

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‘The report of my death was an exaggeration.’ That was Mark Twain speaking but it could have been Khalifa Haftar. One year after he...

How Haftar blindsided world powers

Western diplomats spent three hours with Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in his eastern stronghold last month to dissuade him from launching an offensive against...

Kremlin says it is not backing Libyan commander Haftar’s westward push

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The Kremlin said on Friday it was not helping Libyan military forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar push westward and that it supported...

Eastern Libya forces move west, skirmish south of Tripoli

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Eastern Libyan military forces have moved to western Libya and were briefly locked in a skirmish with a rival force south of the capital...

Saudi King meets Haftar

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met commander of the Eastern Libyan forces Khalifa Haftar, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a tweet. King Salman made assurances...

Haftar’s forces say they have captured Libyan city of Derna

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Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar declared victory on Thursday against rivals including local fighters and Islamists in the city of Derna, the last...

Libyan forces’ battle for eastern city Derna in final stages

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Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar said their campaign against an armed coalition of local fighters and Islamists in the eastern...

ISS: Libya’s ‘divisive unifier’ Haftar stumbles

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Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strongman who is widely regarded as the most important player in the overcrowded cast of characters determining...

Veteran commander vies for power in Libya’s shifting sands

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When Khalifa Haftar flew to Tunis in September, the veteran commander and possible future leader of Libya brought masked troops armed with...

East Libyan groups targeting displaced families, preventing returns

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Armed groups, some linked with prominent Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, are preventing thousands of displaced families from returning to the eastern city...

Haftar says force remains option in Libya but political solution best

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Libya's eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar was quoted on Friday as saying force must remain an option for imposing order in the...

Eastern Libya force jet shot down by missile over Derna

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A fighter jet from eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army was shot down in Dahr Al-Hamer district in Derna...

Rival Libyan leaders Haftar, Seraj to meet in Paris on July...

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Military commander Khalifa Haftar, a powerful figurehead in the east of Libya, and Fayez Seraj, head of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli,...

France under Macron signals shift in Libya policy, towards Haftar

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France said on Thursday it was reviewing its position on the Libyan conflict and for the first time openly called for a...

Way forward for Libya uncertain despite “breakthrough” meeting

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Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, a figurehead in the east of the country, and Fayez Seraj, the head of a U.N.-backed government...

East Libya strongman says no talks planned with rival in west

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Eastern Libya's dominant military figure has no plans to resume talks with his U.N.-backed rival in the west, according to comments in...

Libyan commander visits Russia to ask for help fighting Islamists

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Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, the dominant figure in the divided country's east, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday and...

Libya’s Haftar says won’t work with unity govt until militias disbanded

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It would be "unthinkable" for eastern Libyan forces to join a U.N.-backed unity government until militias aligned to it have been disbanded,...

Libyan general sworn as top commander as his planes hit Tripoli...

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Warplanes from Libya's internationally recognised government on Monday attacked the last functioning airport in Tripoli, the capital controlled by a rival administration,...

Libya’s Haftar appointed army chief for recognised gov’t

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Former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar was appointed as army commander for the country's internationally recognised government on Monday in a decision that...

Libyan parliament proposes Haftar, a divisive figure, as head of army

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The president of Libya's elected parliament has proposed the appointment of General Khalifa Haftar, who leads his own troops, as commander of...

Embattled Libyan government loses grip as general expands power

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In a hotel lit by a generator in the eastern Libyan town of Bayda, Economy Minister Munir Ali Asr outlines optimistic plans...

Libya recalls former general Haftar for army duty

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Libya's internationally-recognised government has recalled retired general Khalifa Haftar to army duty, officials said on Monday, cementing its alliance with him in...

Libya’s parliament allies with renegade general, struggling to assert authority

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Libya's beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in...

Former Libyan general claims new air strike in western Libya

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Forces loyal to former Libyan army general Khalifa Haftar claimed an air strike on an armed group near Tripoli on Monday, a...

Former general’s forces and Islamists clash in Libya’s Benghazi

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Heavy clashes erupted between a former general's forces and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, military officials said,...

Helicopters bomb Islamists’ ammunitions sites in Libya’s Benghazi

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Government forces and helicopters belonging to a Libyan renegade general bombed ammunition sites of suspected Islamist militants in the eastern city of...

Libyan MiG-21 crash kills three

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A pilot and two people on the ground were killed when a Libyan Air Force MiG-21 crashed in Tobruk yesterday, the latest...